A rogue artist ate the $120,000 duct-taped banana at Art Basel. ‘It’s performance,’ he said. ~ NYT

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As people watched, a prankster removed the banana, which was taped to a wall at Art Basel in Miami Beach.

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In plain sight of art aficionados and influencers, a prankster removed a $120,000 banana from an Art Basel exhibition in Miami Beach on Saturday, peeled it and then ate it.

It happened on the second-to-last day of the art show, where much fuss and head scratching this week has been over a solitary banana — an overripe one — duct-taped to a wall.

Three buyers paid between $120,000 and $150,000 this week for limited-edition pieces featuring a single banana, created by the artist Maurizio Cattelan and titled “Comedian.” Each came with a certificate of authenticity and replacement instructions, which perhaps should have included a disclaimer: for display only.

Shortly before 2 p.m. on Saturday, a New York City-based performance artist, David Datuna, peeled the taped banana from the wall and devoured it, an Instagram video posted by Mr. Datuna showed.

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Without Chile’s volunteer medics ‘protesters would bleed out’ ~ Al Jazeera

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Santiago, Chile – A young man sits on a camp bed staring disoriented at the ground. Nurses attend to a pellet wound in his calf from where a single line of blood runs down.

A group of young people, their heads shielded by white and blue helmets, rush past carrying another young man on a stretcher. A helicopter flies above in air that is choked with tear gas, as firearms rattle in the distance.

Not far is Santiago’s Plaza Italia, the beating heart of Chile’s demonstrations, and now the centre of an increasingly violent conflict between police and protesters.

The wounded are being tended to in a makeshift medical site surrounded by artisanal stalls, all shut except for one selling keyrings and patterned bags – in the distant hope that a tourist might pass by and they could make a sale.

But tourists are unlikely as violent protests in the capital over growing inequality and the government crackdown on demonstrators continue.

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Volunteer medical personnel hold a shield during a protest against Chile’s government in Santiago, Chile [Edgard Garrido/Reuters]


The protests erupted a month ago, initially as a student action against a metro fare hike. They have since mushroomed into widespread demonstrations across the country over the country’s economic model, as well as the government crackdown against the protesters.

At least 23 people have died, including five killed by police and military forces during the now-lifted state of emergency last month. Thousands more have been wounded – more than 220 of whom have been blinded or partially blinded by pellets or other projectiles.

On the front line, protesters are in a deadlock with police who confront them with tear gas and water cannon, and shoot firearms, while protesters fight back by throwing stones or setting up barricades.

And in their middle is a group of volunteers, all medically trained – some professionals, other students – who call themselves “the Brigada”. Similar self-organised groups are working across the country.

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‘El Derecho De Vivir En Paz’ Gives Voice To Protesters In Chile


Chilean singer-songwriter Víctor Jara is depicted on the guitar of a protester in Santiago. Jara’s song, “El Derecho de Vivir en Paz” was sung by a crowd of demonstrators on October 25, 2019.

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Massive anti-government protests in Chile over the past few weeks have united demonstrators in song. Last week, up to a million people protesting in Santiago were joined by a cavalry of guitarists. They played a song called “El Derecho de Vivir en Paz,” which once stood as an anthem for resistance against the brutal regime of Augusto Pinochet that began in 1973.

Written by Chilean composer and singer-songwriter Víctor Jara, “El Derecho de Vivir en Paz” — translated as “The Right to Live in Peace” — was originally a tribute to Vietnamese communist leader Ho Chi Minh. Jara, an outspoken political activist, was imprisoned by the Chilean military during Pinochet’s dictatorship, and his song quickly became a protest anthem after Jara was assassinated on Pinochet’s orders. Pop star Francisca Valenzuela says Jara is an icon who put his voice to the service of his fellow Chileans, calling him “a beacon of hope and resistance.”

Valenzuela is among 30 Chilean artists — including singers Mon Laferte, Gepe, Camila Moreno, rapper Pedropiedra, and rocker Fernando Milagros — who collaborated on a new recording of “El Derecho de Vivir en Paz” that was released earlier this week.

Part of this new rendition references “el Nuevo Pacto Social,” or the new social agreement, adding lyrics that correspond to the specific requests of protesters: “Dignidad y educación / Que no haya desigualdad.” (“Dignity and education / So that there is no inequality.”)

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Billy Roos, November 1, 2015 ~ El Dia de los Muertos ~ el otro lado ~ te extrañamos compay

the spirit remains ~ Abuelo Mateo


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as told by Billy Roos this past autumn (Sept. 2015) while sipping bloody beers at the Rocky Flats Lounge


20160603__05dcarocw2_400.jpgColorado Nut Company was the 1st to domestically produce artificial nut/chalk stones in Amerika… Billy Roos & Paul Sibley in 1967 or 68 started out in a 10′ x 10′ Denver basement that had a hole cut in an exterior wall to pass stock through to the band saw in order to cut it … the work was slow & very inaccurate … eventually they bought a drill press. Billy & a lady friend, Julie Clemens rented a house in Eldorado Springs with a garage that became Colorado Nut Company’s new home. After a break up with the future-ex girlfriend a very short while later Colorado Nut Co. was evicted by the landlord for making too much noise…

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